WFPHA Newsletter April 2017

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1.- 15th World Congress on Public Health 

50 years in review - vision, mission and action for the next 50 years

Congress Overview & Melbourne Demand for Action

In early April, over 3,000 public health professionals, students and community members gathered in Melbourne Australia for the 15th World Congress on Public Health. This large and important event takes place once every three years in a different location somewhere in the world. In this intensive time of collaboration, public health professionals and advocates set the direction for the new agenda of current global health initiatives.

To facilitate the important practice of network weaving to link the different facets of public health in over 83 countries that attended the congress, the WFPHA organized many sessions regarding existing, emerging and approaching public health concerns. Global Public Health leaders have animated inspiring sessions adopting the Global Charter for the Public’s Health, developed by the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) in collaboration with WHO, as common thread. In one of the plenaries, delegates engaged in discussion to dissect the reasoning behind populist political leaders that spread harmful ideas that public health officials are “enemies of the people”. It is a global priority for the truth that public health has continuously transformed individuals and societies, even by foreseeing the likely health outcomes of foreign trade agreements. Because of this dedication, the world in which we live is a safer and healthier place.

Several of the sessions at the Congress focused on the continuing problem of tobacco usage. Special attention was given to the fact that many foreign governments tend to place investment into the tobacco industry in belief of its generation of revenue in the local economy. However, this is not only a blunder to individual health, but also to public health and the economy as the high cost of treating very morbid and mortal lung cancer rises. This is directly related to one of the prominent ideas that occurred continuously at the congress. This idea is that public health must be also seen as a political science. With insurance, medicine, public funding and public opinion all playing roles in public health, professionals in the field must adapt to the inherent role of advocacy to keep the global agenda progressive.


Dr Bronwyn King, Tobacco Free Portfolios and WFPHA Diplomat of the Global Charter, speaking on how to divest tobacco stocks


The Congress took special time to address global problems that were created by humankind; obesity and climate change. In this conversation, delegates identified two of the causative factors to be high sugar beverages and availability and affordability of unhealthy foods.

The inequality of minorities in health continues to be problematic at a global level. At this congress, delegates of this matter focused especially in indigenous groups. The call for self-governing systems to be created was clear and prominent. Thus, the WFPHA formed its first Indigenous Working Group.


The WFPHA continued to prioritize the development of young public health professionals. Delegates from the younger generation inspired the other delegates with their visions and dedication to make use of innovative approaches and technologies to foster communication and yield stronger results.


With both celebration and nostalgia, the WFPHA celebrated its 50th anniversary at the congress on the World Health Day. Many leaders of global health congratulated the WFPHA on its longstanding existence, one of which was the Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Chan (see dedicated article below).


Public health must be made a priority throughout the world. This was expressed by the Melbourne Demand for Action at the finalization of the Congress. Public health can be made a priority when global leaders recognize the health outcomes for all and acknowledge that economic inequality is the primary cause of poor health. Thus, they must work with political, social, environmental, and economic factors to foster change throughout all sectors for sustainable and healthy lifestyles.

Moreover, delegates have called for the immediate and total abolition of the use of chemical warfare in conflict responding to the attacks in the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun happened during the congress.

The Congress was a time of growth and collaboration for all and has created the momentum for generating policies and actions for healthier communities, healthier people and a healthier world. With this unifying event, global public health leaders can move forward in uniformity toward a development of common goals and practices that ensure proper public health in line with the Global Charter for the Public’s Health.


Recordings of the main congress sessions will be soon available on our website. Stay tuned!

2017 WFPHA General Assembly Main Outcomes

The 2017 General Assembly of the WFPHA took place in Melbourne, Australia, during the 15th World Congress on Public Health (15WCPH).


The “A Global Charter for the Public’s Health” (GCPH) is the main output of WFPHA collaboration plan with the World Health Organization (WHO) to adapt today’s public health to its global context in the light of and in conjunction with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The implementation phase had started in 2016 with the Commonwealth Implementation Tool for the "Global Charter for the Public's Health" and a survey that has been sent to all PHAs and IANPHI members.
During the General Assembly 2017 many successful stories have been presented to show how the Charter can be applied locally and globally to reshape PHA strategic plans and as a tool for advocacy. Public health association of Australia (PHAA) has already re-shaped its strategic plan around the Charter, Norwegian public health association has promoted the Charter during the pre-electoral process and with the new political leaders of the country; Panama public health society has launched an initiative “Generation Healthy Panama 2030”, in line with WFPHA’s Charter for the Public’s Health, AASPA’s Declaration of Panama, and the SDGs to promote and systematically measure universal access to a set of specific social determinants of health throughout the life cycle, ABRASCO has sent to the government a position statement on the decision to cut health funding on the basis of the Charter, Taiwan public health association has translated the document into Chinese and that has started a big diffusion in the country.

More information available here.


Dr R. Krech, Director, Office of the Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation at WHO and WFPHA Diplomat of the Global Charter, has underlined the importance of the Charter in the Global arena and of the fruitful collaboration between WFPHA and WHO in his intervention. The Charter has been developed in collaboration with the WHO with many discussions and has been taken very seriously by all PHA’s and the WFPHA. The Charter is a living document that can be used to reconfigure what public health is all about in different regions, particularly after crises e.g. Ebola. Consultations with health systems and innovation colleagues have occurred, and a resolution in public health was resealed during the last World Health Assembly with additional comments to be made in the coming World Health Assembly. The Charter is tied up with national institutions and we want to see how this relates to the global initiative. Adaptations in different regions to the Charter have and will occur. Institutions will undergo reform and can use the Charter for essential public health functions as a practical application. The process needs to continue so that we can argue and advocate for public health by bringing together the different national public health associations and institutes and use the same document to structure public health.



R. Krech, L. Rispel and T. Bishaw at 15th World Congress on Public Health


During the General Assembly WFPHA has officially launched the Diplomat of the Global Charter, a title to be awarded to public health professional engaged in improving global health and willing to sustain the Global Charter for the Public’s Health's revolution within his/her working and living context. During the Assembly the following stakeholders have been awarded with the Diplomat of Global Charter:
•Rüdiger Krech (Director, Office of the Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation of WHO).
•Michael and Helen Moore (WFPHA president and CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia).
•Bettina Borisch (WFPHA Executive director and professor of Global Health at the University of Geneva).


The general assembly has approved the following resolutions:

•Resolution 1: Exempt Tax on Dental Supplies and Equipment for Infection Control and Prevention

•Resolution 2: Scientific Evidence and Treatment Needed to Combat the Spread of HIV - Not Ineffective Travel Bans

•Resolution 3: Preventing and Responding to Violence against Women and Girls as a Human Right

You are all invited to read and spread and implement these resolutions!



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Miguel Gerardo Lombera González from Mexico has been elected to seat on the GC for AMR.



Two main events took place during the congress. These included a meeting to discuss the student and young professional section of WFPHA, and a World Leadership Dialogue on the Future of Young Professionals and Public Health (featuring Stefan Buttigieg, Manasi Parikh and Thomas Piggott). Livestreaming of these events is available, watch it!


Regional federations had very successful meetings during the congress. Regional federation reports are available in the 2016 WFPHA Annual Report (page 23).


 some moments at the General Assembly 2017

Asia-pacific meeting @ WCPH 2017 in Melbourne



Many working groups led successful World Leadership Dialogues and held their face-to-face meetings during the congress to review activities and make plans for the furture.
WGs reports are available in the 2016 WFPHA Annual Report (page 18).


 Panel Discussion With WFPHA Oral Health Working Group

WFPHA Oral Health WG World Leadership Dialogue - linking the Global Charter with Oral Health


During the General Assembly a working group on Indigenous health, chaired by Adrian Te Patu, and a working group on Student and Young professionals, chaired by Thomas Piggott, have been created.


1st Indigenous Working Group under the WFPHA was formed in the yarning circle


Several projects aiming at implementing the Global Charter for the Public's Health are on-going, focusing on strengthening advocacy, governance, providing reliable information etc. as reported in the Charter.


•Ghana Public Health Association upgraded to Full Membership
•Health Care Without Harm approved as PARTNER
•European Forum for Primary Care approved as PARTNER
The WFPHA extend a warm welcome to its new Members!



2016 WFPHA Annual Report is now available, read it!



Read the Members reports that have been presented during the GA.




Hugh R. Leavell Award is Given to Professor Mike Duabe at 15th World Congress on Public HealthThe Hugh R. Leavell Award was given to Professor Mike Daube at the World Congress on Public Health. This honor is discerned upon an individual who has, in the WFPHA’s opinion, demonstrated exceptional contribution to improve population health globally or within a specific geographic region. The WFPHA established this award in 1979 as a memorial to one of its founding members: Dr. Hugh Rodman Leavell (1902-1976). This individual was deeply involved in international health activities through his teaching relationships with the Harvard University School of Public Health, his assignments as consultant with the Ford Foundation in India and as Director of a joint APHA-WFPHA international study of voluntary health organizations. Like Dr. Leavell, Professor Mike Duabe has been a public health advocate on the front against tobacco since 1973 in more than 30 countries. He has chaired the committee of experts that first recommended the Australian Government to introduce plain packaging. Beside this, Professor Daube is active in a large amount of public health issues as he serves as director of the Public Health Advocacy Institute and the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth. With a wide array of publishings on various public health topics, Professor Daube regularly speaks at many international health conferences around the world on a plethora of topics. As a professional, professor Daube has reached his colleagues, students and the public through his dedication to the field of public health and his advocacy and action toward the improvement of global standards of health.


Dr. Peter Orris was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the WFPHA to honor his merit in favor of the WFPHA and broader global public health. He graduated Harvard College in 1967, Yale School of Public Health in 1970, and the Chicago Medical School of the Rosalind Franklin University in 1975. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two children. Dr. Orris serves as Professor and Associate Director of the Great Lakes Center for Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health of the University of Illinois School of Public Health and is the Director of its Occupational Health Service Institute and Global Toxics Policy Program. He has worked at the Stronger Hospital of Cook County in the in the Division of Occupational Medicine for 35 years and is now a Senior Attending physician. On a global level, Dr. Orris served as an advisor to the World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization, and Health Care Without Harm. Dr. Orris dedicated his career to eliminate profits and racism in health care and has made quite a lasting impact on the field of global public health.


Professor Peter Orris accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award from the WFPHA


The Organizational Excellence Award was prestigiously presented to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) at the World Congress on Public Health. The dedication to global public health of MSF is unmatchable and outstanding. Medical doctors, nurses, epidemiologists and other health professionals have been known to sacrifice their lives traveling into war-torn areas to provide quality healthcare in neglected populations of victims and refugees during times of need. While there is an extremely devastating lack of health care in Syria due to the ongoing Civil War, MSF continues to be the leader in filling this gap. MSF provides vaccines to children that would go otherwise unvaccinated and protects them from the emerging diseases attributable to the repressed conditions of the physical and infrastructural environments there. With damage to the medical facilities in Syria and the obvious risk of terrorism that deters patients in need from going to hospitals, MSF works innovatively to provide high quality medicine with limited resources and to meet patients where they are. The staff at WFPHA and the members from health associations all around the world admire this organization and are honored to present this award.


2.- WFPHA 50th Anniversary

Congratulatory letter and video from M. Chan

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Dr Margareth Chan, WHO Director -General, has congratulated WFPHA for its anniversary and its contribution to Global Public Health.

Letter from WHO to congratulate WFPHA on its 50th Anniversary

"Dear Professor Moore, ..."

Read the full letter here.

Dr Margaret Chan, Who Director, congratulates WFPHA on its 50th Anniversary.

Who Director congratulates WFPHA

50th Anniversary celebration

Several activities have been lead in occasion of the 50th Anniversary of WFPHA such as 3 videos collecting interviews amongst pubic health professionals and experts about the main achievements and challenges in public health and the role that WFPHA has played in the last 50th years. A photo competition on the same topics have been held and the winners have been awarded during the 15th World Congress on Public Health. Last but not least an article on 50 years of international leadership for a healthy global society of WFPHA has been published.


Video interviews

50th Anniversary Milestones of Public Health

50th Anniversary Role of Public Health

50th Anniversary Future of Public Health

These videos have been run during the 15WCPH in the poster area.

Digital Interviews Displayed at the Congress

Photo competition

WFPHA has led a photo contest inviting public health professionals to submit photos describing public health achievements of the last 50 years and challenges in public health to be faced in the next future. The contest was a great success! We received over 145 excellent photographs from over 30 different countries, identifying various achievements and challenges in public health. A selection panel made up of WFPHA representatives and leaders have selected the three best photographs.


1st winner

primo classificato

Title: Kangaroos of Colombia: An innovative, effective and economical method that guarantees the survival of preterm infants.

Description: A young mother, a beneficiary of the kangaroo mother's program at the Instituto Materno Infantil in Bogotá - Colombia, protects and welcomes in her breast her little baby, who receives maternal affection while taking a recommended bath of sunlight.

Name: Hernando Nieto – Herminso Ruiz.

Organization: Colombian Pubic Health Association.

Country: Colombia


2nd winner

secondo classificato

Title: Giving girls a chance.

Description: Samata Project: the Samata intervention aims to reduce HIV risk among adolescent girls in Bijapur and Bagalkot Districts by increasing their rates of secondary school enrolment and completion.

Name: Guy Natanel.

Organization: Documental Films.

Country: India


3rd winner

terzo classificato

Title: Male Breast Cancer. Breast Cancer Campaign - Breast cancer awareness

Description: Create awareness about male breast Cancer which is an ignored issue.

Name: Felisters Bosibori Ondari.

Organization: Mol University.

Country: Kenya


The three best photographs have been printed and displayed at the WFPHA booth at the WCPH in Melbourne. They are on our social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram) and website. You can view the video of the photo contest on youtube. This video is shared in our network of over 120 public health organizations around the world.

video contest

Vignettes of WFPHA past presidents and secretaries-general

Most of WFPHA past presidents and secretaries-general have been presented through dedicated vignettes that have been highlighted at the WFPHA booth at the 15th WCPH. To see the vignettes, click here.

World Federation of Public Health Associations: 50 years of international leadership for a healthy global society

Journal of Public Health Policy, 2017  DOI:10.1057/s41271-017-0065-0

This article, co-authored by James Chauvin, Margaret Hilson and Russell Morgan Jr, was published in February 2017 for the WFPHA's 50th Anniversary and provides an overview of the formulation, history and future of the Federation.

To read the full article, click here.



3.- Diplomat of the Global Charter 

Meet the new Diplomats of the Global Charter

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Prof. Bettina Borisch

World Federation of Public Health Associations

Country: Switzerland 

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Dr. Rüdiger Krech

World Health Organization

Country: Switzerland 


Prof. Mike Daube

Curtin University, Public Health Advocacy

Institute of Western Australia and

the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth.

Country: Australia

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Prof. Peter Orris

University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System    

Country: United States of America

 Hernando Nieto


Dr. Hernando Nieto

Colombian Association of Public Health

Country: Colombia

 Herminso Ruiz


Herminso Ruiz

Photographer/Colombian Association of Public Health

Country: Colombia

 Guy Natanel


Guy Natanel

Documental Films

Country: United Kingdom

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Dr. Bronwyn King

Tobacco Free Portfolios

Country: United Kingdom


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Dr. Rachel Melson

Tobacco Free Portfolios

Country: United Kingdom






4.- News from our Members

The Indian Public Health Association

During 2016, the Indian Public Health Association (IPHA) has organized its 60th Annual 

Conference in Dehradun, Uttarakhandfrom March 4th– 6th. More than 900 delegates from all over the country and abroad was attended. The newly elected body of Central Council of Indian Public Health Association was installed during the conference as well.


Following the conference, meetings of the Central Council were held during the year: Annual Central Council and General Body meetings on 3rd and 4th March 2016 respectively; meeting of the newly elected Central 

Council on 5th March 2016 at the venue of the conference; 170th Central Council Meeting on 4th & 5

the June 2016 at Pune, Maharashtra; 171st Central Council Meeting on 30th September 2016 in Kolkata. Following orations were delivered: Dr. B.C. Dasgupta Memorial Oration, Dr. G. Anjaneyulu Oration, Dr. K.N. Rao Memorial Oration, Dr J.E. Park Memorial Oration, Dr. A.L. Saha Memorial Oration, Dr. J.K. Sehgal Oration. Association conferred “Fellow of Indian Public Health. 

The Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventative Medicine and Public Health 

In 2020, Italy will be the proud host the 16Th World Congress on Public Health in Rome. The official launch took place during the closing ceremony of the 15th Congress in Melbourne, Australia on Friday, April 7th. One day prior to this, the event was presented to the Consul General of Italy in Melbourne, the Italian Delegation, as well as the president and board of the WFPHA at the Institute of Italian Culture Congress. Also on Friday, Dr. Ranieri Guerra, the Chief Medical Officer of the Italian Ministry of Health gave a speech during Plenary 5 ‘World Health Day’. Dr. Guerra will present the Italian G7 Presidency for the forthcoming G7 Summit, the global initiative involving over forty countries and international organizations, contributing to the international stability which will take place on the 26 – 27 May in Taormina, Italy. In particular, Dr. Guerra will expand on European and Italian actions on crucial health-related G7 actions including Health Effect of Climate Changes. At the global level, the burden and associated cost of invasive pneumococcal disease and pneumonia in adults


At the global level, the burden and associated cost of invasive pneumococcal disease and pneumonia in adults are high; although scientific societies have recently underlined the importance of pneumococcal immunization in adults - its introduction national schedules worldwide is taking long. On April 3rd, during the session ‘Vaccination and immunization’ the state of the art of adult immunization recommendations and practice in Italy was presented, with particular reference to pneumococcal immunization. Starting from the international and EU perspective, systematic overview of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine programs implemented in Italy were described.


On April 6th, during the session ‘Communities and environments’ a group of researchers from the University of Parma, Italy presented the findings of a research assessing the impact of high temperatures on workers’ health status in Northern Italy over the period of 2000–2013, reporting higher risk of injuries and negative health outcomes in workers exposed to heat waves. The study raises awareness on the crucial public health issue of the effect of climate change on population health.

The Portuguese Association for the Promotion of Public Health 

The Portuguese Association for the Promotion of Public Health (APPSP) is a nongovernmental organization based and acting in Portugal, with more than two and a half decades of history. APPSP has recently updated its website ( with new corporative images and new information on its two main activities: the yearly Public Health Conference and the Biennial Arnaldo Sampaio Award in Public Health research. This prize bears the name of the founder of the Association, Professor Arnaldo Sampaio, a medical doctor who was the General Director of health ( and Director of the National Institute of Health ( during the second half of last century. Also included in the new website, is information on the book written by some of the founders of the Association, which has been launched during the last National Public Health Conference, last February in OPorto. This book describes the most relevant historical landmarks of APPSP during the last 25 years and portraits several events that marked the Public Health scene in Portugal. During the same Conference, APPSP has also announced the winner of its biennial Arnaldo Sampaio Award for the best research report in the area of Public Health. This year a research work on air quality in healthcare facilities for the elderly in Portugal won the 3000 € of the Arnaldo Sampaio Award.


The Association is a founding member of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and has longstanding a member of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA). it has hosted the 2008 EUPHA Conference in Lisboa. With its new direction, APPSP has also launched its new web bulletin which includes updated information on national and international events relevant for public health professionals. Every year since its creation APPSP promotes a national conference on a subject relevant for Public Health in the Country, usually in line with major international trends and recommendations.



5.- Members' Newsletters



6.- WFPHA Members Communication

Welcome to New Intern 

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Theodore Russell joined WFPHA as an intern in early March 2017. He comes from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the United States and plans to stay with the organization until mid-June. Mr. Russell is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Kent State University with a global concentration and two minors in nonprofit studies and psychology. Besides the United States, Mr. Russell has also studied in Costa Rica andSwitzerland.Academically, he is interested in social and behavioral science theories of public health, prevention and control of diseases, peace psychology and health communication. Outside of the United States, Mr. Russell worked in Belize, El Salvador and Switzerland. His professional interests are growing but include global prevention and control of HIV/AIDS, health policy and advocacy, maternal health and increasing access to improved water and sanitation. After earning his Bachelor, Mr. Russell aspires to study humanitarian law and become an advocate for global health.



7.- What's on

Global Health at the Human Animal Ecosystem Interface

hands 600497 960 720It is not a new phenomenon that human health, animal health and environmental health are closely linked. The way we interact with each other, other species and the environment has a strong effect on the changes we experience. For global health, this means new challenges and new opportunities. The question constantly arises over whether or not we are ready to combat emerging viruses, antimicrobial resistance and the other challenges on the horizon. In all of this, it is extremely important to maintain the biodiversity that allows populations to thrive and understand that there is no health without a healthy planet. In consideration of this, the one health concept was conceptualized, which is: optimal health for people, animals and the environment. All of this is contingent upon multidisciplinary collaboration at national, local and global levels of operation. L’Université de Genève (the University of Geneva) established a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to spread the framework of this cross-sectoral approach at health.

Food Sustainability

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition has developed a Food Sustainability Index (FSI). This is a tool to analyze the impact that scientific, economic, social and economic factors have on food. This shift toward more sustainable food systems includes the Nutritional and Environmental Double Pyramid, the Milan Protocol and Eating Planet. The FSI follows the definitions set by the UN Sustainable Development Goals and collaborated to develop the Right to Food Map and Food Sustainability Media Award.

Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition describes food sustainability to be inclusive of culture, education, health, equity and respect for the planet we live in. As a form of malnutrition, the prevalence rate of people that are obese or overweight is more than double the rate of people who are undernourished. Chronic conditions associated with obesity, like heart disease and diabetes cause more mortality worldwide than HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria combined. A large portion of these diseases are preventable with behavioral changes and expansion of access to nutritional food. However, the barriers to these measures is often more broad than we realize. For agriculture, the easy-to-overlook effects of climate change cause irregular growing conditions with floods and droughts that have a devastating effect on harvest.

To recover from and adjust to the challenges presented by climate change, Barilla addresses specific shared challenges and shared mitigation strategies. The FSI ranks 25 countries across three pillars: agriculture, nutrition, and food loss and waste. After identifying the problem clearly, Barilla highlights particular benchmarks for success. One recommendation is to consume less meat to alleviate the high level of carbon emissions from livestock as well as the large pasture that that they require. Secondly, countries with nutritional challenges must quite literally decrease the size of dinner plates. As a more conceptual approach, the menus around the world should shift to focus more on quality of food and the systems that produce it.

Current approaches to food endanger insurmountable lives around the world on both extremes of the nutritional spectrum: obesity and undernutrition. The Food Sustainability Index as well the recommendations from the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition could take a huge problem off our plate if we learn to follow them.


8.- Journal of Public Health Policy

CALL for papers: Human survival in a new era

JPHP invites colleagues around the world to submit to JPHP original research, analyses, and descriptions of threats to population health. What information and actions may help protect health? We call for research communities to conceptualize in future work ways to reveal changes in and threats to health. Can you suggest ideas that might develop into ways to understand a new generation of potential threats to health? If so, we will give these submissions priority for publication.


For more information, click here.



9.- Upcoming events

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